Discover - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈskʌvər|  American pronunciation of the word discover
Brit.  |dɪˈskʌvə|  British pronunciation of the word discover
- discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of (syn: detect, find, notice, observe)
- get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally (syn: find out, hear, learn, pick up, see)
- make a discovery, make a new finding (syn: find)
- make a discovery (syn: find)
- find unexpectedly (syn: attain, come across, strike)
- make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret (syn: break, bring out, disclose, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, uncover, unwrap)
- see for the first time; make a discovery
- identify as in botany or biology, for example (syn: describe, distinguish, identify, key, name)


Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492.

Several new species of plants have recently been discovered.

It took her several weeks to discover the solution.

The tests have discovered problems in the current design.

She soon discovered what had been going on.

She had once discovered him playing cards with his tutor.

I discovered I was out of gas.

Polonium was discovered by Marie Curie in natural uranium.

I have discovered the benefits of low fat eating.

The island was discovered by Captain Cook in I775.

Roentgen discovered X-rays

The story is false, so far as I can discover

Who discovered the North Pole?

We will not rest until we discover the truth.

He refuses to give up his quest to discover the truth.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: discover
he/she/it: discovers
present participle: discovering
past tense: discovered
past participle: discovered
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